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Topic/Notes Assignment Due (to be done before class starts on date listed at left)
  • Schematic drawing of what you think is in an MP3 player.
  • Sign up to be a "writer" of this wiki webspace by clicking on the link in the email you were sent or by click on the "to join this workspace, request access" link on the right.
  • Read Johnny Lee's thought piece on the re-emergence of DIY vs. big organizations.
  • Reading: Practical Electronics for Inventors (Scherz), Chapters 2.1-2.9 (Current to Kirchoff's Laws), 3.1-3.3, and 3.5.




  • Schematics/sketches (electrical, mechanical, interaction/use) of how the greeting card works.
  • A redesign (just the design, no need to build it out) using these parts for some other purpose. Again, sketch what would needed to be added electrically, mechanically, and how the new design would work/be used. 


  • Take 5 pictures of people listening to music in different situations. Write a (very!) brief description for each picture to explain what is going on, and a few notes about what features would be useful in that context.
  • Read the Interaction Design Sketchbook by Bill Verplank. 
  • Pick 2 of the contexts above and develop a (rough!) MP3 player design for each. Make Verplank diagrams for each design.


  • Develop a preliminary plan for your MP3 player design.
    • Include as much as possible, such as what parts you plan to order (or what kind of parts you are shopping for). This includes displays, sensors, knobs, buttons, levers, ICs, etc.
  • If you are entertaining multiple design possibilities, develop preliminary plans for all of your designs. Try to keep some common basis across your designs...


  • Read the VS1033d datasheet. Post your questions on Piazzza
  • Generate designs for a box or badge using Adobe Illustrator or a CAD program (illustrator instructionsfull instructions).
  • Go to Room 36 and make your box or badge using the laser cutter!


  • TBD



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